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, but fed chairman ben bernanke was decidely defending yesterday. he said the fed needs to continue lowering borrowing rates while the economy continues to grow slowly, and that its bond-buying strategy will continue. he insisted that five years of low interest rate policies have not increased inflation. the fed plans to hold the interest rate near zero until at least mid- 2015. bernanke also indicated that there is not another recession on the horizon, but the economy still isn't strong enough to add jobs faster than the current rate. in greece, union workers are preparing for more 24-hour strikes and walk-outs this month. workers are protesting the government's austerity measures. government officials submitted a draft of the 2013 budget yesterday that calls for a new wave of deep cuts which will save $10 billion next year. workers will protest proposed cuts to salaries, pensions and other benefits. last week, 50,000 people in athens demonstrated against austerity. wages in china are going up - by some estimates, about 17% a year. it is providing china's growing middle class with more mon
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